Hailed by the New York Times as “stunningly virtuosic” and “memorable”, pianist Sandra Gu is known for her dynamic interpretation of new music and her insightful approach to established repertoire. She has appeared in performances at world-renowned music festivals and concert halls across the U.S, including recent concerts at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Roosevelt University Chicago College of Performing Arts, as well as collaboration with the Mark Morris Dance Group in performances at the Tanglewood Music Festival.
An avid proponent of contemporary music, Ms. Gu has worked with notable composers such as Jason Eckardt, Oliver Knussen, William McKinley, Shulamit Ran, and Charles Wuorinen. Her passion for discovering new music has led to frequent collaborations with emerging composers of her own generation as well as numerous world premieres. Ms. Gu was the co-founder the New Spectrum Ensemble, an ensemble group whose mission was to bridge the gap between contemporary music and standard classical repertoire through innovative programming and presentation.
Ms. Gu is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Hoversen Award in Piano from Northwestern University, Dean’s Talent Award from Oberlin College, and the Henry Kohn Memorial Award from Tanglewood. A graduate of the Shanghai Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, Oberlin College, and Northwestern University, her principal teachers include Jianyi Sheng, Lucy Tan, Joseph Schwartz, Sanford Margolis, and Ursula Oppens. She has received coaching for Emanuel Ax, Claude Frank, Richard Goode, James Levine, Jerome Lowenthal, Garrick Ohlsson, Ivo Pogorelich, and Nelita True. Ms. Gu holds a doctoral degree from Northwestern University. She currently resides in the Bay Area and teaches piano at Cañada College.